The Criers (Happyōsha)

Authors: Pharthan

The Criers (Happyōsha)

LeaderSora Yamato, (Kaicho)
HQ locationNew Kyoto University, Nihonedo
AssociatesThe Human Continuity Project
FoundedAugust 6th, 2945
Number of Members910 Universities Galaxy-wide

The Happyōsha, or as better known to the rest of the galaxy in English, the Criers, are a group centered around universities whose philosophy is that all major conflict and wars can be eliminated through better communication methods. Their ultimate goal is to develop easily accessible and cheap, galaxy-wide instantaneous communication for all through the use of quantum-entanglement communication devices. Many universities with Crier Chapters have also committed to researching more immediate methods, such as cheaper courier-drones with more efficient MAG drives and higher-bandwidth communication channels.

HISTORY


It is no coincidence that the first Happyōsha Chapter in New Kyoto University was founded on the 1000th anniversary of the first warfare detonation of a nuclear weapon in Hiroshima, Japan. The first founders made it their mission to organize universities throughout human space to stamp out all major warfare and conflicts through improved communication methods to aid in better-conflict resolution and dissemination of information. From the beginning, their mission was to make instantaneous communication accessible to all peoples.

 

ETYMOLOGY


The Japanese word “Happyōsha,” meaning “Crier” in English, was chosen for the name of the organization to allude to someone who would make public announcements for the information of all peoples, keeping everyone fully informed.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Within two years of the founding of the group, the Criers presented a plan to be able to individually and uniquely identify each individual throughout the galaxy, labeling the groundwork for a universal-communication system which they had yet to develop the hardware for.

In 3252, the Criers developed the Kûrie-Icho, or “Courier-One” MAG-drive-equipped communications drone. While not revolutionary, the Kûrie-Icho was a marked improvement over other courier systems and was relatively cheap, enabling better, faster FTL communications. The Kûrie-Icho was designed to be able to be carried internally or externally to most ships and could be launched in a variety of ways.

Though meeting with resistance between many of the major powers fearing espionage, the Criers have managed to also install ansibles on a number of planets, connecting several nations with instantaneous communication.

 

CONTROVERSY


In 3305, individuals claiming to be a part of a Crier Chapter on the Alliance world of Elysium publicly released military secrets under the guise of “All citizens should know everything about their government,” and that “Governments should have nothing to hide.” Pirates from the Uruk Wastes were able to capitalize on this and raided Fort Lexington, near the planet of Chaldea, able to skirt by the patrols who had not had time to become adjusted following the information release, and caught the station largely off-guard. The raid resulted in over  4,143 military and 1,092 civilian deaths, as well as the loss of two Alliance Frigates and one Alliance Corvette that were docked with Fort Lexington,  as well as Cruiser undergoing refit at the time. One frigate managed to get underway in time and was badly damaged in the ensuing battle, but was able to defend the station from any major boarding action until nearby patrols intercepted, and eventually destroyed the hostile pirates.

RELIGIOUS CONTROVERSY

Some have stated that universal access to instantaneous communication could be a method of fulfilling the Biblical Prophecy that all of humanity could view the Return of Christ as depicted in the Bible. This has gone both ways in the Religious Community; some such as members of the Erudites of The Firstborn do not seek to impede the task as they believe that this would allow, yet not force, the prophecy to be fulfilled, while more traditional religious sects are staunchly against it in the belief that such action would be a “Babel-like” attempt to “See Heaven,” through the attempt to force a prophecy.